Dietary Guidelines

Today, about half of all American adults have one or more chronic diseases, often related to poor diet. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasizes the importance of creating a healthy eating pattern to maintain health and reduce the risk of disease. Everything we eat and drink — the food and beverage choices we make day to day and over our lifetime — matters. 

MyPlate, which is based on the Dietary Guidelines, offers messages, resources, and tools to help you make the choices that are right for you.

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines: Answers to Your Questions

Find answers to questions about caffeine, cholesterol, fat, and more.

MyPlate Messages

Find MyPlate tips and solutions that reflect your personal preferences, values, traditions, culture, and budget. The MyPlate consumer messages to help communicate the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are:

Everything you eat and drink over time matters.  The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.  Start with small changes to make healthier choices you can enjoy.  
Find your healthy eating style and maintain it for a lifetime.  This means:

● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

   ○ Focus on whole fruits.

   ○ Vary your veggies.

● Make half your grains whole grains.

● Move to low-fat and fat-free milk or yogurt.

● Vary your protein routine.

● Drink and eat less sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.

New MyPlate Resources and Tools for Professionals

Find personalized information and ideas to use with individuals and communities.

Start Simple with MyPlate Find what works for you and your family within your food preferences, health goals, and budget.

MyPlate, MyWins

Use this tip sheet with your audience to help them find their healthy eating solutions for everyday life and create personal MyPlate, MyWins.
MyPlate Plan The MyPlate Plan shows food group amounts – what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance.

MyPlate Graphics

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Dietary Guidelines Resources for Professionals

Provides guidance on key elements of healthy eating patterns and focuses on preventing the diet-related chronic diseases that continue to affect Americans.

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Find the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines and related resources, including the Executive Summary, press release, Q&As, and previous Dietary Guidelines.
Communicator’s Guide Resource designed to help others create consumer nutrition education materials and messages based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Top 10 Things You Need to Know about the New DGAs Lists the top things Americans should know when it comes to the Dietary Guidelines.
Dietary Guidelines Answers Find answers to questions about caffeine, cholesterol, fat, and more.

2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is updated every five years. Work to develop the 2020-2025 edition of the Dietary Guidelines is currently under way. You can learn more about this process at The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines is the current edition and will remain so until the next edition is released.